Thursday, October 12, 2017


Tomorrow is Friday the 13th in October.

Which means....absolutely nothing. Yes, I know people suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia (fear of Friday the 13th) and for some reason a Friday the 13th in October is worse (because of Halloween?).

But in reality, it's just another day.

There is no scientific basis for thinking Friday the 13th is bad luck. In fact, I used to work with a woman who thought Friday the 13th was a good omen (I think she thought of herself as a witch).

When I wrote my Adept Series of books, just for the fun of it, I decided for the adepts, thirteen was a lucky number and Friday the 13th was especially lucky. But those were fantasy books, not based on science. I gave the Huntington Hotel in San Francisco a thirteenth floor (in reality, it only has twelve) and that was where the adepts worked and lived. All of the books, except one, have thirteen chapters (Hammer of Thor has twenty-six),

It's like a full moon. Some people swear a full moon means more people end up in the emergency room or more crimes or more fires. But studies have shown this isn't true. It's a self-confirming bias. If a day with a full moon is extra busy in the ER, the nurses and the doctors remember that. If it's not, they don't remember that because it doesn't confirm their superstitions.

So tomorrow, don't worry. It's just another day with a coincidence on the calendar.

P.S.: the other books in the Adept Series. are Agent of Artifice, Book of Death, Gods of Strife, and The Terror of Tombstone.

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